City officials announced plans for a proposed criminal justice center Wednesday morning.
Mayor Greg Ballard, Marion County Sheriff John Layton and other city leaders met at the WellPoint Building on Monument Circle at 8 a.m.
The announcement was made at a meeting of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee.
The proposal called for one facility to house the Marion County Jail, the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, the Marion County Public Defender Agency, county courts and other criminal justice-related offices.
The complex would not house police or city-county government offices.
The idea for such a facility has been discussed for more than 20 years. A site for the new facility has not yet been picked.
Government officials will solicit bids from private developers who would build the facility and then lease it back to the city. This means tax dollars would not be needed to finance the criminal justice center.
"Money is scarce. We're doing our absolute best to get through these times. We have to be very cautious of how we spend every public dollar. If there is someone in the private sector who is willing to pony up and help out, the public sector can get this done," Layton said.
The City-County Building opened in 1962 and is so overcrowded that there is no room for the prosecutor's office.